May 6th 2017

····the ice cream store—little bicycles and grownup
I visited Charlottenburg today, my birth place. There’s an especially beautiful neighborhood (or Kiez as the Berliners call it) where many of the older buildings survived largely intact or were restored.
And there also, on a Saturday morning and afternoon, I found a fleamarket that filled nearly every street in the few square blocks of the neighborhood.  But what really delighted me in the neighborhood was a little park, for children to play in, that was like a hidden forest in the middle of buildings.
Unless you happened to look into the one or two passageways that lead into this beautiful little forest hidden in the middle of the city, you would miss it altogether.
If you use Google earth, and look at Berlin with a satellite’s view, you will see a little forest hiding in the courtyards of nearly all Berlin’s neighborhoods. Former East Berlin, which was nearly treeless after the wall fell, is catching up.
These are the places I remember playing as a child, in Berlin’s sand during the day and under the light of paper lanterns, moonlight and windowlights at night.
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126 May 6th 2017 | bottlecap

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